Freedom of Expression,  Latin America

¿Y ahora?

At least one former Chavez supporter in Venezuela, yet again sitting in the dark during a power outage, is reconsidering.

He’s probably not the only one.

Not to worry, though. Chavez has brought in Cuba’s vice president Ramiro Valdes as a consultant on Venezuela’s electricity crisis. A former interior minister, Valdes “oversaw secret police operations and gained a reputation for being ruthless when it came to suppressing dissidents,” CNN reports.

Seems like the perfect choice to solve Venezuela’s electricity problems– or, if that fails, to solve the problem of Venezuelans who criticize Chavez for those problems.

Chavez has, after all, equated the Internet with terrorism when it is used to criticize him. He has called for more state control of the Internet.